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Casey Printers
№: 1     BC Lions
Date of birth: May 16, 1981 (1981-05-16) (age 28)
Place of birth: DeSoto, Texas
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: Import
Position(s): QB
Jersey №: 1
College: TCU
Florida A&M
 As player:
BC Lions
Kansas City Chiefs (NFL)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
BC Lions
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 2004
Playing stats at
Playing stats at

Casey J. Printers (born May 16, 1981) is a professional American football and Canadian football player who is currently the BC Lions starting quarterback.[1] He played college football at Texas Christian University from 1999 to 2001, leading his team to three straight bowl games, before transferring to Florida A&M for his senior year. After college, he signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, where he rose from third-string quarterback in 2003 to be named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2004 season, leading the Lions toward an appearance in the 92nd Grey Cup after starter Dave Dickenson was injured early in the season. However, Printers was injured late in the West Division Final, and Dickenson, having recovered and shared starting duties with Printers late in the season, stepped in and threw a touchdown pass in the Lions' overtime win. Dickenson started and played the entire Grey Cup game, which the Lions lost to the Toronto Argonauts.

Printers was nagged by injuries during the 2005 season, and was embroiled in a quarterback controversy with Dickenson.[2] Ultimately, the Lions bowed out in the playoffs with Dickenson taking the large majority of playing time. Having turned down a three year, $1 million contract extension from the Lions prior to the 2005 season,[3] Printers turned down a three year, $1.2 million (CAD) offer from the Lions in January 2006, opting to sign a three year, $1.03 million (USD) deal with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.[2] Printers struggled in spot duty for the Chiefs' in the 2006 NFL pre-season, and did not see any regular season playing time, spending most of the season on the practice roster.


Early years

Born in DeSoto, Texas, Printers played football from a young age, a highlight being a trip to the Pop Warner National Championship in San Francisco, California with his team, the Oak Cliff Jets, when he was twelve years old.[4]

College career

Printers played collegiately at Texas Christian University from 1999 to 2001, leading the TCU Horned Frogs to back-to-back Western Athletic Conference championships in 1999 and 2000 and three straight bowl games, including back-to-back appearances in the Mobile Alabama Bowl in 1999 and 2000. Printers was named Most Valuable Player in the Frogs' 1999 bowl victory and was subsequently named Freshman of the Year for 1999 by the Dallas Morning News and third-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News.[4] In 2000, he received honorable mention as an All-WAC Conference Selection.[5] The 1999 and 2000 Horned Frogs, coached by Dennis Franchione, also featured Heisman Trophy candidate and future NFL star LaDainian Tomlinson at running back. In 2001, Printers led the Horned Frogs to a 6-6 record and an appearance in the Bowl, where Printers was 15-30 for 144 yards and 4 interceptions in the 28-9 loss. Printers' 4,621 passing yards and 37 touchdown passes each rank third in TCU history.[6] Branding himself the "Best Kept Secret in College Football", Printers transferred to Florida A&M for his senior year (2002), where he led the Rattlers to a 7-5 record, completing 123 of 218 passes for 1,517 yards with 12 touchdowns and 5 interceptions and rushing for 3 touchdowns.[4]

Professional career


BC Lions

After going undrafted in the 2002 NFL Draft, Printers joined the BC Lions for the 2003 CFL season on a three year contract as their third-string quarterback, and saw little playing time, attempting only two passes.[7] During the 2004 season, he unseated Spergon Wynn as backup quarterback and replaced starter Dave Dickenson when Dickenson went down with an injury. After completing 325 of 494 pass attempts for 5,088 yards and 35 touchdowns with 10 interceptions[7] and rushing for 469 yards and 9 touchdowns,[8] he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2004 season, becoming known as a dynamic quarterback able to improvise and make big plays both passing and rushing. He played a key role in the Lions' eight game winning streak, 13-5 record, and first place finish in the West Division standings. His 35 passing touchdowns and 10.3 yards-per-pass average led the league; he tied Edmonton's Jason Maas for a league-best 65.8 completion percentage,[9] and his rushing stats were best among QBs.[8]

In the West Division Final against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Printers was forced to leave the game with a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter, with the score tied 14-14. Dickenson, having recovered from knee surgery and shared quarterbacking duties with Printers late in the season, played the rest of the game and threw a touchdown pass in the Lions' 27-24 overtime victory.[10] Dickenson would start and play the entire Grey Cup game against the Toronto Argonauts, which the Lions lost by a score of 27-19.

Printers had surgery on his right hallux in the offseason, and turned down a three year, $1 million contract extension from the Lions.[3] With Printers recovering, Dickenson won the starting job and led the team to an 11-0 start. Printers took over as starter after Dickenson was injured in the 13th game. After the 11-0 start, the Lions lost six of their last seven regular season games, including the regular season finale against the Roughriders, in which Dickenson returned and replaced Printers in the second half.[11] Dickenson started and played all but the last three minutes of the West Division Final against the Edmonton Eskimos, which the Lions lost 28-23.[12]

Throughout the 2005 season Printers was embroiled in a quarterback controversy with Dickenson over who should start as pivot and was nagged by shoulder and toe injuries.[2] Ultimately, Printers saw relatively little playing time, completing 131 of 216 pass attempts for 1671 yards, 9 touchdowns and 6 interceptions,[7] with 336 yards rushing and 2 rushing TDs.[13] In January 2006, he turned down a three year, $1.2 million (CAD) offer from the Lions, opting to sign a three year, $1.03 million (USD) deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.[2]

In June 2009 Printers stated that he would be willing to return to the B.C. Lions.[14]

Kansas City Chiefs

Printers was expected to compete with Chiefs 2006 draft pick Brodie Croyle for a backup quarterback position,[15] but struggled in his preseason debut in the second quarter of an August 12, 2006 game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium.[16] In limited action in the Chiefs' four pre-season games, Printers completed 12 of 23 pass attempts for 109 yards with one interception and rushed 5 times for 20 yards.[17] He was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs on September 2, 2006, prior to the start of the regular season.[18] He was signed to the Chiefs' practice squad on September 4, 2006.[19] On October 28, 2006, he was signed to the Chiefs' 53-man roster.[20] After being demoted to the practice roster once again,[21] he travelled to Vancouver and attended the November 12 BC Lions West Division Final playoff game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Place, but was barred from the sidelines by Lions head coach Wally Buono. The Lions won the game 45-18 with Dave Dickenson at quarterback.[22] In late November 2006, the Toronto Argonauts expressed an interest in negotatiating a contract with him, although he was still under contract to the Chiefs and the BC Lions still owned his CFL rights.[23][24][25] On December 31, 2006, Printers signed a three year deal with the Chiefs and was promoted to the active roster.[26]

Printers was released by the Chiefs on September 1, 2007. His conversation with Chiefs Director of Player Personnel Ray Farmer was documented on episode 5 of HBO's Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Kansas City Chiefs series. Printers said that his release was "unbelievable," especially since he had done everything asked of him during training camp. Printers was replaced by Quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Printers signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on September 6, 2007 for a reported $500,000 a season, making him the highest paid player in the CFL. He was released by the team on February 19, 2009.

Return to BC

On September 21, 2009, Casey Printers agreed to terms with BC Lions on a practice roster contract. He was signed from the practice roster on October 8, and suited up as the third-string QB on October 9, in a game versus the Edmonton Eskimos. He then became the starting quarterback on October 24, in a 33-30 overtime loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders[27].


  Passing   Rushing
Year Team Games Att Comp Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg Long TD Fumb
2003 BC 18 2 1 50.0 4 1 0 158.3 2 44 22.0 34 0 2
2004 BC 18 494 325 65.8 5,088 35 10 115.0 82 469 5.7 40 9 10
2005 BC 14 216 131 60.6 1,671 9 6 87.2 38 336 8.8 27 2 2
2006 KC 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2007 HAM 8 133 68 51.1 774 1 4 58.9 16 99 6.2 22 1 1
2008 HAM 15 223 124 55.6 1,693 5 10 68.8 48 386 8.0 26 6 7
2009 BC 5 68 43 63.2 686 3 2 99.3 10 58 5.8 25 0 0
CFL totals 78 1,136 692 60.9 9,916 54 32 93.3 196 1,392 7.1 40 18 22


Printers held the CFL record for single-game completion percentage, set with the BC Lions in a 49-11 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium on August 13, 2004. Printers completed 20 of 22 passes (90.9%) for 303 yards, including four touchdowns to slotback Geroy Simon, which has since been broken by Ricky Ray of the Edmonton Eskimos on October 31, 2008.[28] Simon's four TD catches also tied a team record.[29] As the Lions' starting quarterback for most of the 2004 season, Printers was also instrumental in Geroy Simon's league-best 14 touchdown receptions and league-best 1750 receiving yards,[30] which broke the Lions' club record for receiving yards in a season.[31] The previous record was 1731 yards, set by Darren Flutie in 1994.[32]


Printers is single and lives in Sugar Land, Texas.[6] His favorite player while growing up was Warren Moon.[4]


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  2. ^ a b c d Canadian Press with TSN files (2006-01-12). "So long, BC: Printers signs with Chiefs". Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  3. ^ a b staff (2005-03-04). "Printers still walking in cast". Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Casey Printers bio". Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  5. ^ "TCU Football History" (PDF). TCU Football Media Guide. Texas Christian University Football. 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  6. ^ a b "Casey Printers #7". Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  7. ^ a b c "Casey Printers #1". Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  8. ^ a b "2004 Rushing statistics". Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  9. ^ "2004 Passing Statistics". Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  10. ^ Canadian Press (2004-11-14). "O'Mahony kicks Lions into Grey Cup". Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  11. ^ Ed Willes (2005-05-23). "BC Quarterback Controversy Put to Rest". Vancouver Province. Retrieved 2006-10-30. 
  12. ^ Ian Walker (2005-11-21). "'I did everything I could'". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2006-11-14. 
  13. ^ "2005 Rushing Statistics". Retrieved 2006-08-10. 
  14. ^ "Casey Printers wants back with the Lions". Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  15. ^ Doug Tucker (2006-05-15). "Printers, Croyle Battle For Shot At Being Chiefs QB Of The Future". Associated Press. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  16. ^ Adam Teicher (2006-08-13). "Tough NFL debut for Printers, former CFL quarterback". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  17. ^ Statistics compiled from the following NFL gamebooks: Chiefs @ Texans 2006-08-12 Chiefs @ Giants 2006-08-17 Rams @ Chiefs 2006-08-26 Saints @ Chiefs 2006-08-31 Retrieved on 2006-12-03.
  18. ^ "Chiefs Announce Several Roster Moves to Reach 53-man Limit". 09-02-2006. Retrieved 2006-11-14. 
  19. ^ "Chiefs Designate Eight Players to Practice Squad". 09-04-2006. Retrieved 2006-11-14. 
  20. ^ Len Pasquarelli (2006-10-29). "Chiefs sign QB Printers, Huard game-time decision". Retrieved 2006-11-14. 
  21. ^ Lowell Ullrich (2006-11-12). "Shivers in town to follow team he built to the end". The Province. Retrieved 2006-11-14. 
  22. ^ Lowell Ullrich (2006-11-13). "Lions' Dave Dickenson dominates game". The Province. Retrieved 2006-11-14. 
  23. ^ Rob Longley (2006-11-29). "Argos chase Printers". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  24. ^ Rob Longley (2006-11-29). "Printers on horizon for Argos?". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  25. ^ staff (2006-11-29). "Report: Argos have eye on Printers". Retrieved 2006-12-03. 
  26. ^ Staff (2006-12-31). "Printers agrees to 3-year deal with Chiefs". Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  27. ^ "Lions Fall Short". 2004-08-24. Retrieved 2006-08-24. 
  28. ^ CBC Sports (2004-08-13). "Lions destroy Ticats". Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  29. ^ Canadian Press (2004-08-04). "Printers, Simon team up to tame Ticats". Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  30. ^ "2004 Receiving Statistics". Retrieved 2004-08-04. 
  31. ^ CBC Sports (2005-05-25). "Simon signs extension with Lions". Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  32. ^ CBC Sports (2004-10-22). "Simon nears Lions' receiving mark". Retrieved 2006-08-04. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Anthony Calvillo
Succeeded by
Damon Allen


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